As a librarian who likes fiber art, enjoys stitch work and buys fiber art books for the Central Library Art collection, I’m always looking for new fiber artists. While researching I came across this artist, Anna Torma.
She blends together her love of primitive art and children’s storytelling together to create these colorful works. Her work is so energetic and happy. They almost look like children’s drawings. Her colors are vibrant. While reading about her I leaned she does indeed use the drawings and stories of her children to create many of her works.
Torma was born in 1952, Tarnaors, Hungary. She leaned how to sew, knit, crochet, and embroider from her mother and grandmothers. Her interest in working with textiles goes back to early childhood when she learned to sew, knit, crochet and embroider from her mother and grandmothers. Torma graduated with a degree in Textile Art and Design from the Hungarian University of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary, where she studied from 1974-79. Since then she has been exhibiting her large scale hand embroidered wall hangings.
Let’s hope she publishes a book of her work. Until then you can view her new work called Bagatelles here at Selvedge Magazine.
More of Anna’s work.
Until we see a book of her book you can come into the Art Division and explore the 746 Dewey number for Fiber Art. We are always getting new books and you never know what you may find.
The Central Library subscribes to hundreds of magazines and journals. Current issues are shelved in the subject departments; older issues (some going back to the nineteenth century) are kept in storage, where they are easily retrieved when requested. Most of our magazines don’t leave the building, so the issue you need should always be here.
Click here to see a listing of the magazines in the Arts, Music and Recreation Department.
Popular titles such as Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Better Homes and Gardens, and Bride’s are here, but we also have some titles that might be a surprise.
Here are some glimpses of recent issues, plus a gem from the vaults.
Artforum, January 2012. “Dark Matter” article about Chinese artist Liu Wei.
Guitar Player, April 2012. Find out what Fender Machetes and Badcat Bobcats are and why they are some of the best guitar gear of 2012.
Antiques Roadshow Insider, April 2012. Features an article on collectible comic books.
Outside, April 2012. The “wanderlist” includes a visit to Sweden’s treehotel.
Vogue January 15, 1914 featured “The latest refinements of the motor car- the liveries and duties of the chauffeur.”
Vogue January 2012 features actress Meryl Streep.
If you have been driving the rural routes around Kendall or Le Roy, NY, you may have noticed large, colorful quilt blocks painted on the sides of barns. They are part of a popular art movement known as the American Quilt Trail. Local barn quilt painters are inspired by beloved family quilts, the beauty of bold traditional designs, or quirky names of patterns such as “Drunkard’s Path” or “Hole in the Barn Door.”
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The story of the American Quilt Trail, featuring the colorful patterns of quilt squares writ large on barns throughout North America, is the story of one of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts movements in the United States and Canada. In Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Suzi Parron travels through twenty-nine states and two Canadian provinces to visit the people and places that have put this movement on America’s tourist and folk art map.Through dozens of interviews with barn artists, committee members, and barn owners Parron documents a journey that began in 2001 with the founder of the movement, Donna Sue Groves. Groves’s desire to honor her mother with a quilt square painted on their barn became a group effort that eventually grew into a county-wide project. Today, registered quilt squares form a long imaginary clothesline, appearing on more than three thousand barns scattered along one hundred driving trails.With more than fifty full-color photographs, Parron documents a movement that combines rural economic development with an American folk art phenomenon.
You may find yourself inspired to paint your own “Barn Quilt” or perhaps sew an actual fabric quilt. The Central Library’s Art Division has hundreds of books to get you started and to fire your imagination.
There are quilting DVDs available, as well…check them out!